Urge Iranian Authorities to Release Women Human Rights Defenders
Monday 2 February 2009, by
Human Rights First: On Friday, January 30, three members of the One Million Signatures Campaign, a grassroots campaign to reform gender discrimination in Iranian laws, were arrested while collecting signatures in northern Tehran.
The three activists, Nafiseh Azad, Bigard Ebrahimi, and a third person wishing to remain anonymous, were held for several hours at the local police station before being transferred to other detention centers. Of the three, Azad remains in detention and is being charged with "acting against national security."
The next day, on January 31, security agents came to the home of womenâ€™s rights activist Alieh Eghdamdoost and escorted her to the Revolutionary Courts. She faces the imminent enforcement of a three-year prison sentence for participating in a womenâ€™s rights demonstration in June 2006. While a number of activists were sentenced for joining that protest, none have been imprisoned to date. Eghdamdoostâ€™s imprisonment will mark a further escalation of repression of human rights defenders.
Join us in protesting these repressive actions against women human rights defenders in Iran:
* Call for the immediate and unconditional release of Nafiseh Azad; and
* Urge the authorities to suspend implementation of Alieh Eghdamdoostâ€™s sentence and release her from custody.